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Mayor Kenney formally proclaims marketing campaign for re-election

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Mayor Jim Kenney introduced his marketing campaign for re-election Sunday morning with a brand new video.

Public faculty instructor John Coates praised Kenney’s efforts in pushing for higher colleges. “Mayor Kenney is the folks’s champion as a result of he is within the colleges,” Coates mentioned. “He simply does not ship somebody out to the colleges. He has been within the colleges himself. It helps us to know that there’s somebody that’s on our facet that  actually cares about our wants and issues.”

After recognizing that the Philadelphia Faculty District will accumulate a deficit that may balloon to $1 billion by 2023, Kenney dissolved the Faculty Reform Fee and created a brand new, nine-member Board of Training as a replacement to assist reform Philly colleges.

Along with his work the enhance the Philly faculty system, Kenney has been a proponent for sustaining Philadelphia’s standing as a sanctuary metropolis. Sanctuary cities have been targets for President Donald Trump’s administration, avid supporters of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in apprehending residents that aren’t authorized residents.

In June 2018, the Supreme Court docket voted in opposition to Philadelphia and different sanctuary cities shedding federal funding due to their standing. Based on a Metro article on the ruling, Kenney referred to as it an “necessary second for all Philadelphians, particularly our immigrant group.

Kenney’s tenure has not been with out its flaws. In July 2018, Kenney was the middle of an issue surrounding the Made In America music pageant, an annual two-day live performance expertise that takes over Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

After Kenney’s workplace mentioned the pageant would now not have a house on Benjamin Franklin Parkway and didn’t initially current options, pageant founder and leisure mogul Jay-Z wrote a pointed op-ed denouncing the mayor’s resolution, citing the $102.eight million in financial influence as a main purpose for Made In America to proceed.

Kenney and Jay-Z rapidly made amends and publicly said that Made In America will proceed for years to return.

Philadelphians will vote in main mayor elections on Could 21, 2019 and vote typically elections for mayor on Nov. 5, 2019.

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